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Recovery when your family doesn’t understand addiction

Brad was twenty-two when he decided that his life had become outrageously unmanageable.  He had been work to late…again, and…

The Unspoken Shame of Loving an addict

When Hannah first met Jake, she didn’t know he was hooked on painkillers. She did know that he liked scary…

Recovery From Addiction & The Five Stages Of Grief

If addiction is the lone island of hopelessness and despair, recovery is the bridge towards relief and gratitude. And, while…

Trauma, life, and the Happiness Myth: Addiction Therapy Unscripted

All therapists have clients who remain forever imprinted on their hearts, whose stories and energies move them into new dimensions…

Does america have a drinking problem?

A few months ago, my husband and I visited the Caribbean and stayed in an all-inclusive resort mecca of sorts,…

Heroin, Cutting, & The scars that bind 

Cutting had been Mia’s first addiction, but she concealed it with ironclad secrecy.  She had been doing it since age…

Is drug addiction a death wish?

Every therapist remembers their first client suicide, and when it happened to me, I cried that entire night. I can…

To The Mother Getting Sober

I have met with so many of you over the years.  I have listened closely to your painful stories, sat…

Recovery When You Don’t Hit Rock Bottom

[THERAPY UNSCRIPTED – A WEEKLY COLUMN] Nobody knew Sarah was an alcoholic. Nobody would have even guessed it. She was…